As Francis Legge says in : The Vedic Mitra was originally the material sun itself, and the many hundreds of votive inscriptions left by the worshippers of Mithras to "the unconquered Sun Mithras," to the unconquered solar divinity (numen) Mithras, to the unconquered Sun-God (deus) Mithra, and allusions in them to priests (sacerdotes), worshippers (cultores), and temples (templum) of the same deity leave no doubt open that he was in Roman times a sun-god. Gordon, honorary professor of Religionsgeschichte der Antike at the University of Erfurt, Thuringen, remarks: It is true that one..title..Mithras was, or came to be, Deus Sol Invictus Mithras (but he could also be called... (Rev 6:2; ) Subsequent to the military campaign of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BCE, Mithra became the "favorite deity" of Asia Minor. Here it came into contact with the mysteries, of which there were many varieties, among which the most notable were those of Cybele. 46-120 AD/CE), Mithraism began to be absorbed by the Romans during Pompey's military campaign against Cilician pirates around 70 .
(Legge, II, 240) By the Roman legionnaires, Mithra—or , as he began to be known in the Greco-Roman world—was called "the divine Sun, the Unconquered Sun." He was said to be "Mighty in strength, mighty ruler, greatest king of gods! " Mithra was also deemed "the mediator" between heaven and earth, a role often ascribed to the god of the sun. Flavius Hyginus" dating to around 80 to 100 AD/CE in Rome dedicates an altar to "Sol Invictus Mithras"—"The Unconquered Sun Mithra"—revealing the hybridization reflected in other artifacts and myths. The religion eventually migrated from Asia Minor through the soldiers, many of whom had been citizens of the region, into Rome and the far reaches of the Empire.
Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church." Gerald Berry, "Mithra or Mitra is...worshipped as Itu (Mitra-Mitu-Itu) in every house of the Hindus in India.
Itu (derivative of Mitu or Mitra) is considered as the Vegetation-deity.
Indeed, before its usurpation by Christianity Mithraism enjoyed the patronage of some of the most important individuals in the Roman Empire.
Eventually, Mithra became more militant, and he is best known as a warrior.
Like so many gods, Mithra was the light and power behind the sun.
When the Iranians separated from their Indian brethren, Mitra became known as "Mithra" or "Mihr," as he is also called in Persian.
By around 1500 , Mitra worship had made it to the Near East, in the Indian kingdom of the Mitanni, who at that time occupied Assyria.